From Failing In 9th Standard 3 Times To Speaking 6 Words In 1 Second; Journey Of Rap God Eminem
His message has not been popular with parents of teenagers across the world, but that has not stopped Eminem from earning sweeping popularity and building upon it. He is called the Rap God and today he is celebrating his 44th birthday. So here let’s take a look to some of his life moments.
Early life and Struggle
Marshall Bruce Mathers III (now known as Eminem, or his alter-ego Slim Shady) was born on October 17, 1972 in Kansas City, Missouri. Eminem’s father, Marshall Bruce Mathers Jr. abandoned him when he was 18 months old and he was raised by his mother, Debbie Nelson Mathers-Briggs from that point on.
Eminem says that his mother never had a job and that they survived solely on welfare checks and occasional payouts from lawsuits which she would dream-up over minor incidents. And not only this as a nine-year-old, Eminem was beaten so badly by a school bully that he spent over a week in a coma.
Marshall began rapping at the early age of 4 and started pursuing career seriously at the age of 14. That was the time when he began performing rap in the basement of his high school friend’s home. At 17, he eventually made a name for himself, Eminem, which was taken from his initials M(arshall) M(athers). Hip-Hop community, used to black rapper, refused the white Eminem, who at the end found the easiest way to win underground hip-hop society by becoming a battle rapper performing in several clubs and forcing himself on radio shows.
Meeting True Friend Proof
He wasn’t immediately accepted by public, but as time went by he proved himself as a qualified rapper. Getting some offers to join several other rappers to start a group, Em joined the New Jacks and then moved to Soul Intent and produced his first recorded single with them in 1995. It was a rapper named Proof who then asked Eminem to start a new group because he enjoyed working with him. With their 4 other friends, Proof and Eminem were both in one group named D12, each of whom ended up focusing more on their solo careers rather than their collaboration, leading to a career break.
Personal Life And Drugs
Eminem’s first child, Hailie Jade Scott was born on December 25, 1995 with longtime girlfriend Kim Scott, and this encouraged him to work harder for the money his family needed. It was difficult for him who had nothing except the “sucks” life experiences he used as the topic of his rap lyrics. One year later that was in 1996, Eminem recorded his first album “Infinite”.
In 1997, Kimberly Ann Scott left him and forbade him to see their child. This frustration sent Eminem to a frequent rate of drug abuse and alcohol that surely affected his composition. Once committing suicide, he finally realized the best and only way to escape from his unhappy life was his musical ambition. Such depression led him to release the brutal “The Slim Shady EP”, which he actually filled with some of the composition he had written long time before. Due to his distinctly-exaggerated, nasal-voiced rapping style and his skin color, many people named him music’s next “great white hope.”
Dr. Dre’s support
He finally signed a contract with Interscope and was taken under Dr. Dre’s wing, allowing him to record a full-length CD. Both then started to record “My Name Is” before Dre finally agreeing to produce Em’s first album, with “Just Don’t Give A F*ck” single as the album preview. A reconciliation with Kimberly Ann Scott led them to a marriage held in the fall of 1998.
Rode 8 Mile to Greater Fame
Eminem’s rise to respectability continued with the release of the film 8 Mile in late 2002. A fictionalized story of Eminem’s own life, the film paired the rapper with actress Brittany Murphy. But the year 2003 saw the rapper once again enmeshed in controversy, after Source magazine released a tape of an early Eminem recording in which he made negative remarks about African-American women after breaking up with a black girlfriend. Eminem apologized for what he said was a youthful mistake. He returned to the studio in 2004 and released Encore, a recording that contained attacks on everyone from Michael Jackson to Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.
In May 2009, his fans rejoiced as a comeback album “Relapse” was rolled out that year. New music kept coming from the rapper as he dropped another album “Recovery”. Not only did it produce smash hit singles like “Not Afraid” and “Love the Way You Lie” but it also became his ticket to collect more Grammy Awards. He even scored his best-selling single to date with 10.25 million sold worldwide for the Rihanna-assisted track.
And the magic still continues
After so many years of work, Eminem still is going strong and his fans are always ready for more from him. From breaking records through selling albums to speaking 6 words in 1 second, Em is just unstoppable and we hope that he continues to entertain us with his rap music.